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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 556
Gots: 537 | FT: 37
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

A huge, sweet Barley Wine with complex caramel malt notes, balanced by generous hopping and a high alcohol content. This fruity and malty beer is best enjoyed while keeping warm in the brutal winter months.

80 IBU

2005 Bottle release - Pink Wax
2007 Bottle release - Yellow Wax, hands not skull on flat finish label (Brewed in Nov 06)
2008 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2010 Bottle release - Green Wax
2011 Bottle release - White Wax
2011 Bottle release - Yellow Wax, glossy label, skull on label (Ohio only)
2012 Bottle release - Red Wax
2013 Bottle release - Orange Wax
2014 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (2009 release - blue wax) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a foggy, amber-orange color with brownish undertones. A finger of creamy off-white foam rests on top for a couple of minutes, slowly fading down to a thick collar and uneven surface islands of bubbles. Pretty webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Despite being a couple years old, I first notice a distinct citrusy hop aroma up front. This mixes in with sweet, brown sugary maltiness, caramel, molasses, floral hops, slightly biscuity malt.

T - A bit surprised by the balance of flavors found here. Still a good helping of hop bitterness which takes on a bit of earthy, dirty flavor, some grapefruity citrus and pine. Beneath the hops is an equally strong helping of sweet flavors - noticeably brown sugar, toasted marshmallows, some burnt creme brulee like sugar topping, residual maltose, molasses. Also picking up well defined smokiness from the malts, some dry biscuity flavors.

M - Alcohol can't be missed but is actually fairly well contained, if not hidden. Body can only be described as medium and no more. Carbonation is on the lighter side and quite creamy. Hop bitterness comes on strong here and lingers behind with a good sticky sensation...combined with the residual sugars here - not surprising.

O - Very nice barleywine - well balanced and very complex. There are multiple layers of hop and malt flavors here - sweet and bitter playing off of each other quite well. Haven't had the opportunity to try this one fresh, but seems to be aging well...balance is great - still plenty of hops without dominating and the layers of different sugary flavors are really nice. Glad I have another bottle of this still sitting in the cellar.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, slightly cloudy copper-mahogany color; barely any head, light lacing

S: Very light, fruity, floral hop notes. Doesn't smell at all like a barleywine

T: Sweet tropical floral hops up front, transitions into a bitter floral maltiness as it hits the middle of the tongue, then finishes with some strong bitter hops and booze

M: Medium-thick viscosity, kind of creamy, but VERY boozy

O: This had some really interesting flavors dancing around in it, but it's so boozy that it's drinkability is affected. With a few years in the cellar to mellow out i think this beer will be incredible

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow wax for the 2011 release in Ohio.
Super special thanks to JM03 for this.

A- Slightly hazy chessnut brown with ruby highlights. Super soapy egg shell colored head that stands about two fingers high and sticks around for a while becore deflating. Lacing is remarkable..

S- Floral hops with a juicy citrus presence of mandarin, grapefruit with a pineapple. Sweet malts provide an almost honey presence. Strawberries and cherries round everything out.

T- Juicy citrus with a potent pine hop taste. Subtle alcohol adds a warming and helps blend the sweetness and bitter together. Dry lingering aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation and warming alcohol.

O- This is by far the best barleywine I've ever had.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.